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New UNF Poll Finds Crist Leading Scott In Florida Governor's Race

A new University of North Florida statewide poll shows Charlie Crist has a five percentage point lead over Gov. Rick Scott in the gubernatorial race.

In a three-way race, Crist leads Scott 43 to 38 percent, with Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie garnering 10 percent of the vote. In addition, 41 percent of likely voters polled approve of how Scott is handling his job as Florida’s governor, while 54 percent disapprove. 

Meanwhile, 67 percent of voters polled say that they will vote “yes” on Amendment 2. That's the ballot amendment allowing the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. However, only 44 percent allow adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

The poll also found that 46 percent of likely voters believe that the economy, jobs and unemployment is the most important problem facing Florida today.

The survey was conducted between Monday, Sept. 29, and Wednesday, Oct. 8, and included 471 likely voters.

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Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.